We all strive to be fit and healthy. We work out, play sports, encourage our kids to be active and try to set examples for them. But when was the last time you checked your house for how healthy it was for you and your family.
When we buy a home we use a home inspector, to give us a snap shot of the home on that day. We may test for Radon, Termites usually, but if it was clear did you ever think to get a re-test, rarely test for Lead Paint, and unless there is an obvious issue probably don't think to test for Mold. But a house changes over time, just like us, it gets older, things fail just like us with knees or hips for example.
So, that home inspection, which you pushed in a draw with all the other information from closing or put on a shelf and never looked at again, is probably outdated and needs to be updated. I am not sure how often you should get your house checked, but it is definitely a good idea before you list it for sale or if you have lived in your home for more than seven to ten years.
An inspector, can give you an idea on what maintenance needs to be carried out and what repairs need to be done now before they cause extensive damage.
How about electrical faults? They can cause fires.
As mentioned above Termites, they can destroy your house.
Plumbing issues, or water penetration in a basement can cause mold
Leaking roofs likewise. How old was that roof when you purchased?
Radon can vary over time, if your test was close to the 4.1 picoluries level, it may be worthwhile to have a re-test.
If you not sure who to contact I am happy to email you a list of local Philadelphia Main Line Home Inspectors, just email me.
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